Club Rich cancels controversial DJ’s performance

Club Rich Singapore, a nightclub scheduled to host a performance by a controversial South Korean DJ NewJeansNim, has canceled the event.

Jackie He, the owner of Club Rich, in an interview with Mediacorp’s Channel 8, said that the DJ was adamant about playing two songs containing Buddhist scriptures.

“We (were unable to) come to an agreement and change to soundtracks without the religious lyrics,” said Jackie He, owner of the club, reported the Straits Times. 

The DJ was set to perform at the club located along Middle Road in Singapore on June 19 and June 20, reported CNA.

On Tuesday, May 21, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) stated that the performance could only go ahead if the South Korean DJ avoided any religious elements. 

Previously Club Rich confirmed that DJ NewJeansNim wouldn’t wear monk’s attire, use religious instruments, or play Buddhist music.

“Club Rich respects all religions and we ensured that the performance turned out to be non-religious related performance,” the owner said, reported СNA.

In a Facebook post on May 19, the Singapore Buddhist Federation (SBF) stated that the DJ, not being a monk, should refrain from wearing monk’s robes during performances. 

They emphasized that this practice goes against the Vinaya, a code of conduct for monks.

The DJ caused controversy in Malaysia by performing at Gemu Club KL on May 3 while wearing monk attire.

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